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Digital Power

May 2015
Today’s power conversion and power management applications demand compact yet robust power switching circuitry that supports high-voltage, high-frequency operation with the minimum of losses from the smallest possible PCB area. By definition, the choice of MOSFET technology has a significant impact
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05/29/2015
Designing the future

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The first modern wave of rapid human development, also known as the first industrial revolution, began in the middle of the 18th century. The development of devices that could be used to magnify a human’s capabilities immediately changed the face of the planet, impacting everything from agriculture
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05/29/2015
Energy harvesting has been around for a very long time. I still remember my 1980s pocket calculator with a solar cell powering the computing unit as well as the LCD display. But even much before that, usable energy was harvested in the early days of the electrical revolution with putting generators on river
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05/29/2015

A niche market only a few years ago, the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is now becoming a mainstream electricity provider, and changing the way the world is powered. Following a difficult period of industry consolidation and economic crisis, PV installations saw another record year in 2013, with more than
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05/29/2015
ADM1293/ADM1294 digital power monitors now at Mouser

ADM1293 and ADM1294 Digital Power Monitors

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the ADM1293 and ADM1294 Digital Power Monitors with PMBus Interface from Analog Devices. These high-accuracy, integrated digital power monitors provide digital current, voltage, and power monitoring
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05/29/2015
There is near-consensus in the UK that smart grids and smart meters will substantially advance the way energy networks operate in the coming years. According to a recent report, more than two-thirds of utilities executives expect the benefits of the smart grid to actually be greater than the industry’s original
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05/28/2015
System architects of embedded systems, networking, and datacom equipment are constantly being pushed to increase the data throughput and performance of their systems as well as add functionality and features. At the same time, pressure is being applied to decrease the system’s overall power consumption. For
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05/28/2015
Did you know that every 10°C rise in ambient temperature reduces every component’s lifetime by 50%? That power supplies with drop-offs or variances can lead to premature failures and even completely fried parts in your system? Indeed, most agree that power-intensive applications need, and really must have,
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05/28/2015
We thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes or “don’ts” that occur during the design of efficient power systems – and how to avoid them. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences during Electrocube’s 50-plus years in
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05/28/2015
As power levels are increased and output voltages drop, it is common to have just a few turns in the windings of inductors and transformers. When this happens, standard round wires are usually not the best choice for building magnetic structures, and foil is often used. With a foil winding, the width of the
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05/28/2015
Towards a new era in power electronics

Jim Witham, CEO, GaN Systems

GaN material offers orders of magnitude improvement in switching and conduction performance and, when produced on GaN-on-Silicon substrates, can reduce power system costs.  Only diamond power semiconductors have been proposed as a superior material system to GaN, but the consensus is that we are decades
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05/28/2015
Renesas simplifies sensor-less brushless DC motor control

RL78/G1F Microcontrollers

Renesas Electronics, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the RL78/G1F Group of multi-function microcontrollers (MCUs), adding 20 new members to its low-power RL78 Family of MCUs. Featuring enhanced peripheral functions and compatibility across the RL78/G1x Series of MCUs, the new
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05/28/2015
Michael Frisch von Vincotech Ãber ihre neuesten Power Solutions

Michael Frisch von Vincotech

In diesem PSDcast Michael Frisch von Vincotech spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über ihre neuesten Power Solutions auf der PCIM 2015 Ausstellung. Unter den Lösungen vorgestellt, Vincotech enthüllt ihre neue flow7Pack Line Familie - der Fluss7PACK 1200 V Produktfamilie mit einer Bremse, dreiphasiger
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05/27/2015
Michael Frisch of Vincotech on their latest power solutions

Michael Frisch of Vincotech

In this PSDcast Michael Frisch of Vincotech talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their latest power solutions at the 2015 PCIM exhibition. Among the solutions presented at the event, Vincotech unveiled their new flow7PACK Line family - the flow7PACK 1200 V product family features a brake, three-phase
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05/27/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Omicron Lab explains their solution to measure loop gain in an automotive headlight  LED driver at PCIM 2015 for Power Systems Design. It is difficult
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05/26/2015
In diesem Episode von PSDtv beschreibt OMICRON Lab ihre Lösung für die Messung der Schleifenverstärkung eines Regelkreises in einem LED Automobil Scheinwerfer auf der PCIM
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05/26/2015
Qualcomm Technologies and Daimler announced a strategic collaboration focused on pioneering innovation in the connected car. In the first phase of the collaboration, the companies will focus on transforming future vehicles with mobile technologies that enhance in-car experiences and vehicle performance such
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05/26/2015
Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer Ãber advanced energy Messung

Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer

In diesem PSDcast Bernd Neuner von ZES Zimmer spricht mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design über advanced energy management und die Notwendigkeit von besseren Energie Messung Tools und Prozesse. Die Messgeräte der LMG600-Familie verfügen als erste Leistungsmessgeräte in jedem Strom- und Spannungskanal
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05/22/2015
Infineon's intelligent power modules add secure authentication for inverter apps

MIPAQ Pro IPM

At this year's PCIM 2015 trade show Infineon Technologies launched a new Intelligent Power Module (IPM). The MIPAQ Pro provides an all-in-one solution for a wide spectrum of scalable and compact inverter designs to be implemented in wind, solar, and industrial drives applications. MIPAQ Pro is a fully qualified
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05/19/2015
Power Integrations' 1200V dual-channel gate-criver core eliminates optocouplers

2SC0115T2A0-12 dual-channel gate-driver core

Power Integrations, a leader in IGBT-driver technology, launched its 2SC0115T2A0-12 dual-channel gate-driver core for 90 kW to 500 kW inverters and converters. Leveraging SCALE™-2+ integrated circuit and isolated transformer technology for DC/DC power and switching signal transmission, the new driver core
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05/19/2015
Microchip' latest high-speed ADCs tout high integration, low-power operation

MCP37DX0-200 and MCP372X0-200

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced two families of new high-speed A/D converters in the MCP37DX0-200 and MCP372X0-200 families. These families feature 12- and 14- bit pipelined A/D converters with a maximum sampling rate
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05/15/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Tom Spohrer of Microchip talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about updating high-availability power systems. In this world of high-demand,
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05/13/2015
Samsung Electronics announced the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow faster, simpler development of new enterprise, industrial and consumer applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). ARTIK is an open platform that includes a best-in-class family of integrated production-ready modules, advanced software, development
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05/13/2015
Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams on driving wireless wearables

Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams

In this PSDcast Giancarlo Cutrignelli of ams talks to Alix Paultre about the issues of driving and managing wireless devices in the Internet of Things, especially wearables and other small form-factor devices. As the IoT migrates beyond cell phones and other relatively large devices, the importance of intelligent
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05/13/2015
Microchip’s dsPIC33EP “GS†family is optimized for digital power apps

dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced the 14-member dsPIC33EP “GS” family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33EP “GS” family delivers the performance needed to implement more sophisticated non-linear, predictive
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05/13/2015
VACUUMSCHMELZE adds to its sophisticated sensor portfolio at PCIM 2015

4646-X7xx current sensor for PCB mounting

At this year’s PCIM in Nuremberg (held from 19th – 21st May), VACUUMSCHMELZE (VAC) will again present its comprehensive portfolio of sensors. The company’s stand, No. 119 in Hall 7, will contain proven products in addition to debuting DI sensors designed specifically for electric vehicle charging cables,
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05/11/2015
Intersil's PowerNavigator GUI speeds digital power system design, validation, and monitoring

PowerNavigator version 5.2

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions today unveiled PowerNavigator version 5.2, a free, downloadable graphical user interface (GUI) that helps system designers quickly configure, validate and monitor their power supply architectures. The new features included
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05/11/2015
STMicro's debuts smart, high-power-density motor driver for advanced industrial automation

STMicroelectronics’ powerSTEP driver

Premiering at PCIM Europe 2015, STMicroelectronics’ powerSTEP driver delivers the advantages of compact motor-control design for applications at high power ratings. The fully integrated stepper-motor driver system-in-package offers an unprecedented power density of up to 500W/cm2, enabling cost-effective systems
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05/11/2015
Cornel Pazara of TI on power and the SIMPLE SWITCHER's 25th anniversary

Cornel Pazara of TI

In this PSDcast Cornel Pazara of Texas Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the evolution of power and the pressures on power design in areas from the Internet of Things to automotive systems. He also talks about TI's SIMPLE SWITCHER tech and how it has evolved and developed over the
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05/11/2015
Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo on battery management in the IoT

Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo

in this PSDcast Robert Nalesnik of Qnovo talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved in battery management of portable devices, especially in the context of the increased demands placed on them by the Internet of Things (IoT). The company recently announced a new approach to reducing
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05/04/2015
Infineon DC motor control shield for Arduino now at Newark element14

The Infineon DC Motor Control Shield for Arduino

The Infineon DC Motor Control Shield for Arduino is now available for purchase from Newark element14, an electronics distributor and online community for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts. The product enables fast and inexpensive prototyping of DC motor control. Infineon’s DC Motor Control
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05/04/2015
A collaboration agreement between MIRA - a leader in advanced vehicle engineering, research and product testing - and Samsung Techwin - a leader in supply of security and energy solutions - is set to bring forward the development of custom battery and powertrain systems for automotive and off-highway hybrid
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05/04/2015
Tesla throws down energy gauntlet with Powerwall

Tesla Powerwall

Power Systems Design has long predicted that energy storage would be the next major development in power electronics, from portable devices to grid-level infrastructures. From American Vanadium's CellCube energy storage system to Princeton Power's energy
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05/04/2015
Alec Makdessian of Maxim Integrated on solid-state lighting

Alec Makdessian of Maxim Integrated

In this PSDcast Alec Makdessian, Director of Business Management at Maxim Integrated, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the demands and opportunities in developing solid-state lighting solutions. Intelligent power management, especially using protocols such as PoE to minimize footprint and
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05/01/2015

 



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